OFFICIAL SEAL OF APPROVAL: White jade seal, paintings and precious objects given by Chinese Emperor to the 5th Karmapa, and other Tibetan seals, their language and origin. ‘Good Deeds’ teaching by 7th Karmapa (Day 9)

5th Karmapa pictured with the Yongle Emperor In the first half of day nine of the teachings on ‘Good Deeds’ by 8th Karmapa, HH 17th Karmapa gave an account of the birth and early life of the 5th Karmapa, Dezhin Shegpa (1384-1415), and explained, in particular, his connection to the Chinese Ming emperor, Yongle. Today’s… Continue reading OFFICIAL SEAL OF APPROVAL: White jade seal, paintings and precious objects given by Chinese Emperor to the 5th Karmapa, and other Tibetan seals, their language and origin. ‘Good Deeds’ teaching by 7th Karmapa (Day 9)

‘THUNDEROUSLY BLOWING HIS TRUMPET’: Abandoning meaningless distractions and the 8th Karmapa’s one-week visit to Jiang. ‘Good Deeds’ teaching by 17th Karmapa (Day 8:Part II)

https://youtu.be/M7uY3SMQkIE On the eighth day of the 17th Karmapa’s teaching on the Autobiographical Praises by 8th Karmapa, he continued with detailed explanations of the life of the fourth of 8th Karmapa’s main teachers, Karma Trinlepa (1456-1531).  That part, and Day 7 of the 17th Karmapa’s teachings about the 8th Karmapa’s other two main teachers, Dumo… Continue reading ‘THUNDEROUSLY BLOWING HIS TRUMPET’: Abandoning meaningless distractions and the 8th Karmapa’s one-week visit to Jiang. ‘Good Deeds’ teaching by 17th Karmapa (Day 8:Part II)

EATING ONLY THE ESSENCE: Birthplace of 8th Karmapa and his first gurus, 2nd Goshri Gyaltsab Rinpoche and 1st Sangye Nyenpa, Siddha from Denma: ‘Good Deeds’ teaching by 17th Karmapa (Day 6)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gI2sVYwl4sM On the sixth day of the 'Good Deeds' teachings, HH Gyalwang 17th Karmapa gave detailed teachings on the life of 8th Karmapa with an introduction to two of the 8th Karmapa, Mikyo Dorje’s important teachers, the 2nd Goshri Gyaltsab Rinpoche, Tashi Namgyal and the 1st Sangye Nyenpa, the siddha from Denma. Up until now,… Continue reading EATING ONLY THE ESSENCE: Birthplace of 8th Karmapa and his first gurus, 2nd Goshri Gyaltsab Rinpoche and 1st Sangye Nyenpa, Siddha from Denma: ‘Good Deeds’ teaching by 17th Karmapa (Day 6)

NON-SECTARIAN SONG OF FAITH AND DEVOTION: 8th Karmapa’s ‘Song to Lineage Masters, Je Tsongkhapa, Bodong Panchen, Je Ngorchen and Rongton Chenpo’. ‘Good Deeds’ teaching by 17th Karmapa (Day 5: Part II)

"So if you wish to follow me, Do not make Dharma lineages into ‘mine’ and ‘yours’, Spreading Buddha’s teachings is enough. Having warm affection for one’s ‘own side’ Do not think of flourishing for that one alone. May the mind of non-sectarian bias for all the teachings Be like an unbearable, blazing gust in the… Continue reading NON-SECTARIAN SONG OF FAITH AND DEVOTION: 8th Karmapa’s ‘Song to Lineage Masters, Je Tsongkhapa, Bodong Panchen, Je Ngorchen and Rongton Chenpo’. ‘Good Deeds’ teaching by 17th Karmapa (Day 5: Part II)

WOLVES IN MONK’S CLOTHING: 8TH KARMAPA’S ACCOUNT OF ABANDONING NEGATIVE FRIENDS AND THE CHALLENGES OF BEING A KARMAPA: ‘Good Deeds’ teaching by 17th Karmapa (Day 5)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WnSE2Nrf1g .On the fifth day of the ‘Good Deeds’ teaching, HH 17th Karmapa gave an extensive explanation of the difficulties and challenges faced by Mikyo Dorje and the negative acts of people around him. Comparing it to his own challenges in both Tibet and India, the Karmapa advised us all to understand that even though… Continue reading WOLVES IN MONK’S CLOTHING: 8TH KARMAPA’S ACCOUNT OF ABANDONING NEGATIVE FRIENDS AND THE CHALLENGES OF BEING A KARMAPA: ‘Good Deeds’ teaching by 17th Karmapa (Day 5)

NEW LONG-LIFE PRAYER FOR 12th TAI SITU RINPOCHE’s BIRTHDAY by 17th Karmapa

On the occasion of the 67th birthday of the 12th Tai Situ Rinpoche today, during his online teachings, HH 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, recited the long-life prayers for Tai Situ written by the previous Drupon Dechen Rinpoche (for more info on his life, see here). In addition, the 17th Karmapa composed a new long-life prayer for… Continue reading NEW LONG-LIFE PRAYER FOR 12th TAI SITU RINPOCHE’s BIRTHDAY by 17th Karmapa

‘JAW-DROPPING’ HANDWRITTEN COLLECTED WORKS THAT EMANATED LIGHT: TEXTUAL SOURCES, THE MEANING OF ‘LIBERATION-STORY’, IMPORTANCE OF FAITH AND INNER QUALITIES: ‘Good Deeds’ teaching by 17th Karmapa (Day Two)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4n9DdDwpkw&list=PLyZYXtlStecYwv2d3kLjA6eQ0ZdP5ObjG&index=3 For the second day of the ‘Good Deeds’ teaching, the 17th Karmapa went into detail about the textual sources of the 8th Karmapa text.  He described the journey of getting the 8th Karmapa texts from Tibet, to India and publishing them. First, he explained his own interest in getting the texts while he was… Continue reading ‘JAW-DROPPING’ HANDWRITTEN COLLECTED WORKS THAT EMANATED LIGHT: TEXTUAL SOURCES, THE MEANING OF ‘LIBERATION-STORY’, IMPORTANCE OF FAITH AND INNER QUALITIES: ‘Good Deeds’ teaching by 17th Karmapa (Day Two)

THE BRAVE ‘KAGYU FOX’: Meaning and origin of the name ‘Karmapa’, the ‘midnight-blue crown’ and ‘Karmapa Khyenno’ mantra: ‘Good Deeds of 8th Karmapa’ by 17th Karmapa (Day One)

“All qualified lamas that accomplish the activity of all the Buddhas can be called Karmapa” -–17th Karmapa, Orgyen Trinley Dorje “When there is a debate between the tigers and lions of Sakya and Gelug scholars, the foxes of the Kagyu meditators should be very careful!”  ---5th Dalai Lama The renowned Karmapa's midnight-blue crown On the… Continue reading THE BRAVE ‘KAGYU FOX’: Meaning and origin of the name ‘Karmapa’, the ‘midnight-blue crown’ and ‘Karmapa Khyenno’ mantra: ‘Good Deeds of 8th Karmapa’ by 17th Karmapa (Day One)

LION-FACED DAKINI (Siṃhamukhā): Bari Lotsawa, Vanaratna, and Terma revealed by 1st Karmapa: ‘Aspirations to End Adversity’ with 17th Karmapa (Day VIII: part 2)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjjpscBQj2A For ḍākinī day today I am delighted to offer this short post on Lion-Faced Ḍākinī (Siṃhamukhā). On the eighth day of the 'Aspirations to End Adversity' with 17th Karmapa, Orgyen Trinley Dorje, one of the texts recited was that of Lion-Faced Ḍākinīby the 8th Karmapa, Mikyo Dorje. This text (with the official English translation)… Continue reading LION-FACED DAKINI (Siṃhamukhā): Bari Lotsawa, Vanaratna, and Terma revealed by 1st Karmapa: ‘Aspirations to End Adversity’ with 17th Karmapa (Day VIII: part 2)

USHNISHNA WHITE PARASOL PROTECTION AND REPULSION FROM ALL HARM: ‘STALLION GARUDA KING OF BIRDS’ DAILY PRACTICE BY KARMA CHAGME: ‘Aspirations to End Adversity’ with 17th Karmapa (Day VIII: Part 1)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjjpscBQj2A On the eighth (and final) day of the ‘Aspirations to End Adversity’, the texts recited included Kagyu master, Karma Chagme’s 'The Stallion Garuda King of Birds White Parasol' (Sitātapatrā: gdugs dkar mo)  practice, the Lion-faced Dakini (Simhamukha) Repulsion,  the Dharani of Marichi, and the Prayer That Saved Sakya from Disease. Here is a transcript… Continue reading USHNISHNA WHITE PARASOL PROTECTION AND REPULSION FROM ALL HARM: ‘STALLION GARUDA KING OF BIRDS’ DAILY PRACTICE BY KARMA CHAGME: ‘Aspirations to End Adversity’ with 17th Karmapa (Day VIII: Part 1)